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Gun Rights Advocates Take Connecticut’s New Gun Law To Court

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Gun rights advocates in Connecticut have filed a lawsuit protesting the state’s new gun law. The suit, which was filed in federal court against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other state officials, argues that the new gun control law violates their constitutional rights.

The plaintiffs want a hold on legislation that extends the state's assault weapons ban to more guns, bans large-capacity magazines and expands background check requirements to be wiped off the books. The new law was passed in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Fox News reported.

The lead attorney in the lawsuit, Brian Stapleton, said that the law violates his clients’ rights to bear arms. "It impacts the core Second Amendment right to protect yourself in your home, and it does so by outlawing magazines and firearms that are commonly used and widely possessed," Stapleton said.

He added:

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"We wanted to include in our complaint a wide variety of plaintiffs to demonstrate the broad impact of this law. This is a law that negatively impacts private individuals — regular, ordinary citizens — it affects manufacturers and retailers. It affects distributors, it affects small businesses. We've tried to bring into the lawsuit as wide a spectrum of plaintiffs as possible for that reason."

According to the actual lawsuit:

"The act was rushed through the legislature without thorough debate or meaningful public examination. The act irrationally bans pistols, rifles, shotguns, and magazines that are commonly used for lawful purposes by countless law-abiding citizens in Connecticut and throughout the United States. The act violates plaintiffs' fundamental rights under the Second Amendment and is unconstitutional."

It sounds as if the government was prepared to go to court about the law.

"We've known for some time that groups opposed to the new gun violence prevention law would be filing suit against it," said Andrew Doba, Malloy's spokesman. "We believe the bill improves public safety, and we will work with the Attorney General's office to defend it. Let's not forget that this has happened before. In prior instances where Connecticut has passed common sense restrictions on firearms, there have been challenges. They have all been unsuccessful."

Sources: Fox News, The Hartford Courant